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Accelerated easing of restrictions

The RTC welcomed the First Ministers announcement on the 13th April to introduce an accelerated easing of the COVID -19 related restrictions.

From the 16th April, six people from six households can meet outdoors. Travel within Scotland for outdoor socialising, recreation and exercise will also be allowed but people must continue to Stay Local for other purposes such as non-essential shopping, and public transport capacity will continue to be limited.

Angling activity can already be carried out in line with current travel restrictions and physical distancing, however the accelerated easing of travel restrictions means that anglers can now travel beyond their local authority area to fish, from the 16th April. Further detail on the proposed easing can be found HERE.

This welcome easing of restrictions has been brought forward as data shows continued progress on vaccination against Coronavirus (COVID-19) and suppression of the virus. Caution was urged by the First Minister to protect against resurgence of the virus as the latest easing was confirmed – people should take care to plan ahead with journeys and follow the FACTS advice when out and about.

Should data permit, the whole of Scotland, including all island communities, will then be in Level 3 from Monday 26 April. Amongst other measures, this will mean that non-essential travel between Scotland, England and Wales will be permitted, and tourist accommodation in Scotland can reopen subject to socialising rules.

Please continue to observe general Coronavirus guidance such as:

Wearing masks when indoors or in close approximation to others.
Maintain a good hand washing/sterilisation regime.
Clean gates and other equipment handles with antibacterial wipes

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